REVIEW: Archie Meets the Punisher

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Punisher Archie1994 gave birth to one of the strangest crossovers that comics has seen…Archie Meets the Punisher. Red is a drug dealer on the run, he goes to Riverdale to hide out, this turns out to be great for Red but bad for Archie because they look almost identical. The Punisher is tracking Red and of course mistakes Archie for him. Eventually Punisher realizes they’re not the same person and everything gets put on the right track. I wouldn’t say this is required reading for either Archie or Punisher fans since it really isn’t that good of a book. But if you’re just looking for something strange to read this might satisfy you.

REVIEW: Roscoe the Dawg, Ace Detective!

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renegade-press-roscoe-the-dawg-ace-detective-issue-1In 1987 Renegade Press introduced the world to Roscoe the Dawg, Ace Detective! It was a great concept but only lasted four issues, and I’m not totally sure but I don’t believe it was made that way. Basically this is a noir detective type character with some comedy slipped in, however the detective as you may have guessed is a dog. The four issues aren’t quite linear but there are a few things that spill over from issue to issue. Over all Roscoe is on the type of cases and getting into the type of trouble that you’d expect any hardboiled detective to be involved with. I’m a big fan of the noir hardboiled detective stuff, and dogs, so I had to check this out. The comic is enjoyable but I was a little disappointed. It’s fun but far from great. If you’re looking for a short fun series to just waste some time with then this will fit the bill but if you’re seeking some diamond in the rough of comics long gone then you’ll probably still be looking after you read this one.

REVIEW: I Swallowed the Key to My Heart #1, #2, #3

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swallowkey1keytomyheart2_lgswallowed3-coverThese three books are a must for any Liz Prince or comics about relationships fans. The third issue serves as a prequel of the first two, though if you have all three you may just as well read them in one, two, three order because it’ll work just as well. It tells a bit about how Liz is single and all. The first issue starts on New Year’s Eve 2006, and pretty much brings you through Liz’s relationship and how weird things can get. The second issue picks up where she’s already in a relationship and jumps into a new one, things always take a strange turn. All of these are pretty enjoyable to read, you’ll rip through them pretty quickly, they’re only twenty-ish pages each but they’re full book size so you get a lot of comic for your buck. Very highly recommended for people that like fun comics and weird relationshipy things.

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REVIEW: Superman/ThunderCats

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SupermanThunderCatsA one-shot comic that came out in 2004 it’s obviously a crossover of Superman and the Thundercats. Basically a Mumm-Ra plan goes haywire and sends the Thundercats to Metropolis where, just like all crossovers the good guys fight each other until they decide to team up. They make pretty short work of Mumm-Ra’s gang and win the day. This thing is forty eight pages but it flies through, it barley seems like a twenty page book. That’s pretty much my only complaint, I wish there had been more to it, and it’s a super fast story that doesn’t really allow you the time to really get to like it. Though I did really like the big reveal at the end that was by far the best part of the book. DC pretty much nailed their target audience here, Superman and Thundercats fans will both enjoy this one.

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REVIEW: Essential Werewolf By Night Vol. 2

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Essential_Werewolf_by_Night_Vol_1_2For those of you that don’t know the Essential series by Marvel is basically a collection of reprinted comics, they’re nice collections, decently priced but they’re in black and white. A lot of people scoff at the black and white prints, I don’t even like them for most things, but I’m into it for the horror comics, I think because it reminds me of watching the classic monster movies. The Werewolf By Night series was Marvel’s wolfman; these were written in the 70’s so they still actually have a lot of that old horror movie feel to them. Some of them are like something Hammer may have adapted. But these are still Marvel so from time to time you’ll see something like Hangman, Moon Knight, Morbius, Man-Thing, or Ghost Rider pop up. It doesn’t happen often but it does happen, luckily these are written well enough it doesn’t take you out of the story, most of the time it still works. Some of these stories features him in fights with the Frankenstein Monster, a mad scientist turned Jekyll & hyde-esq monster (which happens to be my favorite story) and fights with gypsies, wizards sorcerers and unspeakable monsters! As great as this collection is there are two stories I didn’t like, the first seemed a little out of nowhere and too sci-fi for me and the second is a pretty lame one involving Iron Man. In fact I blame Iron Man completely, but these are a very small part of this great collection. The team-up story was a little flat as well, but even that was still fun. As I said these are decently priced the cover price on this thing is seventeen bucks and considering that it includes Werewolf By Night issues 22-43, Giant-Size Werewolf issues 2-5, and Marvel Premiere issue 28, I’d consider twenty six comics for seventeen bucks a hell of a deal. Especially for this caliber of comic.

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REVIEW: Batman The Spirit

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batman-the-spirit-1_cover-artFrom 2007 DC comics published what is now one of my favorite crossovers ever. Two great comic icons in one great book. One thing I really like about this is it shows the similarities between Batman and the Spirit. There’s Gotham City and Central City, Commissioner Gordon and commissioner Dolan and so on. The story starts out with Gordon in Central city, it seems Jim and Dolan are old friends and they’re telling the tale of how the Spirit met Batman. Dolan and Gordon are headed out to a the Policeman’s Benevolent Association’s Annual Law-Enforcement Convention, on their way Dolan is intercepted by Poison Ivy and put under her spell, while Gordon is seduced by P’Gell. At the same time the criminals from both cities are having their own get together, soon Batman and the Spirit’s villains start working together. That’s alright though because it doesn’t take long for Batman and the Spirit to team up, though I do like that the Spirit doesn’t believe that Batman is real. They work well as a team, as you may have guessed and save the day. This book is really incredible, it’s must read stuff for Batman and Spirit fans. I guess I wasn’t the only one that liked it too because it pulled in the 2007 Eisner Award for Best Single Issue, Dave Stewart won the Eisner for Best Coloring and Darwyn Cooke won the 2007 Joe Shuster Award for Outstanding Artist. So yeah, it’s pretty good I guess.

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REVIEW: Avengers X-Sanction

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Avengers X-SanctionCable returns for the first time since his recent death in this four part series. He’s trying to save Hope, says he only has twenty four hours to do it before the Techno-organic virus finally takes over and kills him, and he’s here to stop the Avengers. Apparently in the future Hope has died and the Avengers are to blame so Cable takes it upon himself to go to the past and take out the Avengers. He takes them down systematically using weapons and technology from the future. These fights are great, most of them are pretty short but they’re really entertaining, which I think is really difficult to do in this age of comics. This is going to be the setup to some Avengers vs x-Men storyline, and I think it did a pretty good job at that. There are some surprises at the end of the last issue which I won’t spoil because this is still pretty new but I was actually kind of wowed at them. I think four issues was way too short for this; I’d have liked it better if it was like six issues. I was eating these books up faster than they could put them out. Anyone that likes Cable this is a must read because it’s basically four comics of Cable kicking a lot of ass.

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